Digital Forensic Engineer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $58,638 – $123,234*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level 

Digital Forensic Engineers (DFE) are energetic and enthusiastic computer or engineering professional who enjoys tackling hard challenges, are obsessed with learning about the newest technologies as they emerge, and love it when no two days of work are ever the same. A day in the life of a Digital Forensic Engineer (DFE) can range from: analyzing data from an ongoing sophisticated cyber-attack, to providing time critical information to policy makers on threat mitigations for the newest zero day, or researching and understanding new file formats, mobile devices, and storage devices.

DFEs focus on the Agency’s toughest technology challenges and cyber threats. They scientifically research, collect, process, analyze and present findings in support of vulnerability mitigation, data recovery, and assessing and identifying malicious behaviors within digital datasets. While DFEs are expected to perform analysis in such a way as to maintain the integrity and objectivity of the forensic process, exhibiting innovation and creativity in problem solving strategies is highly encouraged. DFEs also write scripts/code to help develop new information recovery techniques and threat identification methods.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA’s cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We’re on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn’t just a job, it’s a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent studies
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Innovative and creative
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to write script/code

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Your resume. 
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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